J Pop Exchange Logo Sakura Heading Photo Courtesy of Sawa
Kokia Exclusive Interview on The J-Pop Exchange

Kokia J-Pop Exchange Exclusive Radio Interview

Click Here to Listen to the Full Interview


You have been a professional musician for about 10 years now.  How did you get started?

Going a bit further back in time now, can you tell us something more about your early life experiences and the importance of music early in your life?

I gather that music has been the main focus of your education as well?  Please, tell us about your musical training.

I understand that Arigatou, which was published in 1999, was the first song that you fully wrote and composed yourself.  Is that right?  Can you tell us something about your inspiration for the song and how it came about?

Can you give us some insight into your writing process?

Who are your musical influences and what music do you listen to?

Near the end of last year, our radio listeners had the chance to hear your rendition of Leonard Cohen’s song, Hallelujah.  You did a wonderful job with that song.  Would you say Leonard Cohen is an influence and / or a favorite of yours? ... that song was on your recently released album: Christmas Gift.   Our listeners’ were also treated to your exquisite Christmas Medley from that album, and that certainly helped to add to the joy of the season for us. 

Speaking of that album, around Christmas 2008, you traveled to New York City to give away 1000’s of copies of your Christmas album.  You have referred to this as your “Music Gift” project and I believe it has a connection to 9/11.  Can tell us more about the project; why it is important to you, and what you were hoping to accomplish through it.

I really appreciate your message that music is a universal language that can transcend all kinds of differences including linguistic, cultural and political differences.  What was the outcome of your “Music Gift” project?

Another recent project of yours has been your contributions to the anime Gunslinger Girl.  I believe you wrote and performed two songs for that series—would you mind sharing with us what working on that project was like for you?

In addition to your success in Japan, you have successfully reached out to other countries, for example China and France.  Tell us something about these projects and experiences overseas. 

Would you ever consider touring in the USA?

How can fans contact you to learn more about your music and any current or upcoming projects?

In conclusion, is there anything you’d like to talk about / mention that we haven’t discussed thus far?